Dajaun Drennon is a returning All-West Jersey Football League lineman, a future Division I player, and an overall beast on the football field.
At Timber Creek, they call that the norm.
Drennon—who is heading to the University of North Carolina—is one of five players who have either signed a letter of intent or verbally committed to play Division I football next year. He is joined by Greg Webb (UNC), Zaire Williams (West Virginia), Myles Nash (Rutgers) and Eric Church (Kent State).
Some may feel a little slighted with the spotlight having to be shared with so many talented athletes, but Drennon is not that type of personality. The imposing defensive end is happy to be surrounded by college recruits day in and day out.
“I love it,” said Drennon. “I’m playing with some of the best players in New Jersey. It’s just a great feeling. It gives you a chance to work with people of your caliber and you don’t have to feel like everything is dependent on you. It makes your job a lot more lenient.”
Drennon–who also plays tight end on the offensive side of the ball–made his presence felt in the Chargers opening 14-7 loss to Camden Catholic, recording two sacks, while making a living in the Irish’s backfield. A speed rusher, Drennon’s eyes light up when he has a shot at the quarterback.
“I just try to do my job,” Drennon said. “I read the tackle's hands and everything else is just all speed.”
Offers started arriving at Drennon’s doorstep early last season and his play on the field backed up the notion that he had the tools to compete at the next level. After considering UNC for some time, Drennon took a trip south and knew becoming a Tar Heel was the right move for him.
“I love North Carolina,” said Drennon. "Greg Webb is coming with me. North Carolina is just a great school and there’s beautiful weather there. I’m their first recruit at that position. I know I am going to have a chance for playing time.”
Although the Chargers started their season with a loss, they are still very much a contender to defend their Group 3 championship. The team is not only loaded with talent, but also with leaders. Chief among them is Drennon, who has a bank full of confidence that the opening loss will just be a blip on the radar.
“I think we will respond good. Everybody on our team are more mature than last year,” Drennon said. “Last year we were a younger team so I think we will bounce back easy.”